goodsuffering_’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Reef is the sort of movie you put on when you can’t choose what else to watch. Who doesn’t love the suspense and guaranteed formula of a monster/creature movie?? I will give The Reef this - it was genuinely suspenseful. I found my chest tightening several times and the camera work was very good. I could really feel the heat of the sun and the glare of the water. But there was barely any payoff for that suspense and it took nearly an hour to see a drop of blood. The ending did genuinely shock and upset me though and the fact that it is based on a true story really strengthens this emotion.